The Fielding Percentage or the Fielding Average of a Baseball is a measure that reflects the percentage of times a defensive player properly handles a batted or thrown ball. It is calculated by the sum of putouts and assists divided by the number of total chances(putouts + assists + errors). The First Known Use of Fielding Percentage was done in the year 1972.
In order to qualify for the league lead in fielding percentage, an infielder or outfielder must appear at the specific position in at least two-thirds of his team's games (games in the outfield are not separated by position). A catcher must appear in at least half his team's games. A pitcher must pitch at least one inning for each of his team's scheduled games (however, a pitcher with fewer innings may qualify if they have more total chances and a higher average). In order to qualify for major league career records for fielding average, a player must appear in 1000 games at the position; pitchers must have at least 1500 innings. The MLB record for team fielding percentage is currently held by the 2007 Colorado Rockies with a .98925 fielding percentage.
Example:
Calculate the FP for the given details.
Number of Assists = 2
Number of Putouts = 5
Number of Errors = 3
Solution:
Apply formula:
FP = (Number of assists + Number of putouts) / (Number of chances)
FP = 0.700